Undefeated Adrien Broner (25-0-0, 21 KOs) passed his toughest test so far as a professional boxer on Nov. 17, stopping Antonio DeMarco (28-3-1, 21 KOs) during the sixth round of their encounter at the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, N.J.
With the win, Adrien Broner grabbed the WBC lightweight title, and the 23 year-old proved that there's a lot more to him than just a bunch of hype. Adrien dominated Demarco -- who is a legitimate 135-pounder by any standard -- from start to finish, and I don't think he'll be able to find tougher opponents than Antonio at 135 pounds.
Still, Adrien Broner isn't in a hurry to leave the lightweight division, and he currently has his sights set on fighting Juan Manuel Marquez next.
Marquez is in the final stages of preparations for his Dec. 8 encounter against former WBO welterweight champion, Manny Pacquiao (it will be the fourth fight between the two), and Broner would love to test his skills against the Mexican sometime next year.
"We're not in a rush [to leave the lightweight division], time is one our side," Broner said during an interview with Thaboxingvoice.com. "I'm only 23. It's still a lot of big fights out there. Manny Pacquiao and Marquez are about to fight… Marquez can still make 135 pounds. We're gonna see what happens with that fight."
Brandon Rios is another name that has been thrown around as a potential opponent for Broner's next outing, and it does look like a good fight on paper. Both are undefeated fighters -- Rios' record should have an asterisk, considering the fact Richard Abril schooled him earlier in the year -- and their contrasting styles should make it an entertaining matchup.
However, Rios is the frontrunner in the list of Pacquiao's potential opponents in 2013, and the fact that he's managed by Top Rank Promotions (while Broner is managed by Golden Boy) makes it a tough fight to make.